Steve Somers was raised in Berkeley California in the 1960’s and became familiar with rock, blues and jazz music at that time. He began studying music at an early age and has performed at many community events, concerts and fundraisers over the years. In 1979 he relocated to Michigan and began attending EMU where he received a B.S. and M.A. degree in classical guitar and music composition.
Mr. Somers is currently teaching the jazz combo class at WCC and also directing the Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra Jazz Ensemble (a non-profit community music education group), as well as teaching private lessons. With both the WCC and YYO he is actively performing at many community events such as NAPID, WCC Free College Day, WCC G.E.D. graduation, Huron River Days, Ypsi Co-op events and more. Acceptance of diverse backgrounds are an important part of both the WCC and YYO ensembles and classes. He also performs with the Steve Somers Band which is an R & B, Blues, Jazz and Motown style group.
Mr. Somers has three daughters and two are currently attending U of M and Oakland University. His youngest attends Wi-Hi International High School in Ypsilanti. He is very familiar with local community events.
Mr. Somers has been serving on the Ypsilanti Co-op Board of Directors since August of 2017 when he was asked to fill a vacant seat. He also serves on the newly formed WCC Performing Arts Advisory Board which helps to bring important events and guest artists to the community.